I know that it would seem obvious for my favorite part of Ramadan to be when it's time to eat. But believe it or not, it's not. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled when it's time to eat, but it's just not my favorite part.
The thing that I love the most about Ramadan is the calmness and peacefulness I get to enjoy late at night as well as early in the morning. Since fasting lasts from sun up to sun down, there's a certain shift that takes place where I become almost nocturnal. I stay up late at night, but then I also wake up before the sun comes up to get some more water and a quick bite of food.
During the day, there is so much going on and my mind is constantly racing. I've got songs playing in my mind while I think about what I'm doing at that moment while I'm replaying something that happened in the past while I'm thinking ahead and planning something in the future. Yes, my mind is constantly racing. During the day, there is so much going on around me as well that everything seems even louder and more chaotic.
However, during Ramadan, I get to spend more time enjoying the peacefulness of the night time. With my neighbors asleep and my building quiet, it's the perfect time for me to relax and quiet my mind down. I feel completely at peace. And maybe that's why I've taken to writing my blog posts after work when it's late at night.
Since I was a kid, I've always been a night person. My parents had the hardest time getting me to go to bed at a reasonable hour. There's always been something about the night that resonates with me. It almost feels like the night is a part of my identity. It's also no wonder then that my shift at work is working late evenings. Working independently in the quiet evening is perfect for me.
Depending on where you are in the world, Ramadan at night looks wildly different. A couple years ago during my trip to Egypt, I spent the last few days of Ramadan there (I promise, I'll write more about Ramadan in Egypt as well as my trip to Egypt in general in the future). While the nights here are quiet and calm during Ramadan, in Egypt it's a completely different experience. The night time becomes when people get a lot of their shopping done and meet up with friends for coffee and tea and visit with one another. There are also night prayers taking place at all of the mosques that various people will go out to.
Truly, our nights in Ramadan couldn't look more different. I do have a great love for the night life that I experienced while I was in Egypt. It was something very fun to experience and there was something very beautiful about everyone celebrating together. However I think I will always be grateful for my quiet evenings.